Reading and the Brain

Course Number: EDU 5620 C14
Instructor: Peggy A. Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE
Location: Room 215, Vermont Tech, 201 Lawrence Place, Williston, VT 05495
Dates and Times: Monday - Friday, July 24-28, 2017 from 8:30 am - 4 pm
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,420

Note: Please register directly with the Stern Center. Castleton registration forms will be distributed and collected by the Stern Center. Course tuition is made payable to the Stern Center for Language and Learning.

Course Description

Humans are not hard-wired for reading, and yet, most young children learn how to read, at least at a basic level, by first grade. How does our primate brain learn how to read using pre-existing neural circuitry and what happens when the reading process goes awry? This interactive course is designed for any educator who wishes to learn about the neuroscience of reading and how research and knowledge of the English Language improves classroom instruction. Course participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of phonological awareness, phonology, reading and spelling development, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and written expression. Participants will leave with practical strategies they can immediately implement with their students. Teachers working toward their Orton-Gillingham Certified level will obtain 35 hours of instruction.
Note: Participants seeking Orton-Gillingham Certified Level training should already be certified at the Associate level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Please email the instructor with questions about OG Certified Level training.

Course Objectives

Participants will be learn how to:

Describe the neurological hallmarks of typical and atypical reading

Target phonological awareness and its role in reading acquisition

Use phonology to better understand students' reading and spelling errors

Use different stage models for reading and spelling development to analyze student performance and guide instruction

Build reading fluency

Explain grammar and a multisensory approach to grammar instruction

Create interactive activities for robust vocabulary instruction

Teach reading comprehension

Become a more critical consumer of educational claims and dispel common neuromyths

Required Texts

Required text is not included in course tuition.
“Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading” by Moats, Dakin, & Joshi ($23 from International Dyslexia Association's website https://dyslexiaida.org/product/expert-perspectives-on-interventions-for-reading/ )
All other assigned readings and videos are available online.

For additional course and registration information

Peggy A. Price
(802) 878-2332

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